Posted by: MummyTravels | May 25, 2012

The app to help with every parent’s nightmare

I’ve been asking on the blog if anyone had any apps they’d recommend for my shiny new iPod, now I’ve finally been worn down by Apple – I was thinking useful baby options or clever ways to simplify travel (and let’s face it, fantastic time-wasters are always good). But I’ve since come across two apps which might not be fun and frivolous, but could be the best download imaginable.

Both are designed to help find missing children, and with National Missing Children’s Day today, it’s worth having a look at. While losing their child is a parent’s biggest fear, it’s happened to 28% of parents who visit theme parks – I remember getting (briefly) separated from mine at Alton Towers many years ago – the terror of realising I couldn’t see them is still vivid. Only now can I even begin to imagine what it must have been like for them.

So both apps are designed to mobilise a network to help track down any missing children as soon as possible. Find My Child lets you take a photo of your son or daughter, and if you do become separated, you can instantly circulate it to other parents with the app along with information on when they were last seen. If someone finds them, they can contact you instantly.

And the Lost Kidz app works on a similar basis with a photo, location, time and any description details sent to people in the vicinity, then further afield if you’re not reunited quickly – this also has a test facility, which sends the alert to your phone, so you can see what would be going out in a real emergency.

As to the question whether potential abductors could simply download the app to be alerted when a child is missing, both the Metropolitan Police and Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) say it works far more as a deterrent as it makes it much harder for someone to take advantage of the situation – and there’s actually more chance of the person being struck by lightning than being in that particular place at that particular time.

It’s worth remembering that the statistics overwhelmingly show that kids are usually only temporarily separated, and not lost. But in the meantime, they’re definitely two apps it’s worth considering.


Image: hbakkh/Flickr


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